After a controversial day of racing in Rome, Leverett achieved his best finish for more than 10 years.
Wow, what a day of racing and controversy. Firstly, with so many boats in each start, and the start line around a bend, many collisions were encountered in hectic starts.
Boats capsized, paddles were lost of broken and some crews ended up in the drink, or had equipment damaged. Such was the story for the Junior crew of Tim Arnold and Tom Hedditch.
Being pushed around in the wash following the start, they sustained rudder damage, and though returned to the pontoon to attempt repairs, re-entered the race, only to find the boat un-controlabel and were forced to retire from the race.
The second crew, of Sean Dedai and Jak Bain, fared better, progressing through a hectic start and settling into a tussle for (eventually) 19th place.
Penny Young and Nell Cuthbertson, raced for a second day, and a gain battled the dominance of the Hungarians, finishing in 11th place.
Marlena Ahrens and Kate McGrath were late call-ups, following injury to Tegan Fraser, and acquitted themselves well in the women's K1 race. This race was dominated by (the now) 11 times World Champion, Renata Csay, who lead from the first portage and was never challenged.
Michael Leverett had the race of his life, in the controversially decided Men's K1 race. Controversial due to the disqualification of both the South African competitors for separate portage infringements. Michael, was elevated as a consequence to his highest placed finish for more than 10 years with a 5th place. Trevor Murray, started well but was hindered by boat damage sustained at an early portage and finished 19th.
Racing gets underway, again tomorrow and for those interested live webcasting is available form the event website.
Mens' K2 will be contested by Daniel Ryan and David Cole along with Michael Leverett and Angus Campbell, the Women's K2 by Tegan Fraser and Kate McGrath.
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